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Other languages: German: Aswang
Tagalog: Aswang, Tik-tik
Русский: Асванг, Тик-тик
Farsi: آسوانگ
Notables: Sam Tomas
Dead Lani Tomas
Tomas, Lani's younger son

An Aswang (ah-SWAH-ng; Tag. "monster") or Tik-tik (tik-TIK; Tag. onomatopoeia) is a ghoul-like Wesen that appeared in "Mommy Dearest". They are indigenous to the Philippine Islands and exist within mainstream Filipino mythology.


When woged, Aswang are bald, ghoul-like creatures with pale grey skin and a bat-like nose. Their featureless, silver eyes glow faintly in the dark. The vertebrae along their backs enlarge to the point where they form a noticeable ridge, and they possess needle-like fangs and claws.

Aswang are notable for their black, forked, proboscis tongue that is able to stretch several times the length of their bodies. The tongue is designed to pierce flesh and can move solids in both directions through its long tube.

They are nimble climbers and apparently very light, given the speed at how they can scale walls and trees. Their long claws and prehensile limbs make it possible for them to adhere over practically any surface, even horizontal ones like the ceiling. However, they aren't very strong, as Wu was able to kick away a fully woged Lani Tomas a fair distance with only one leg. Instead, they rely on their agility in combat, as well as their pouncing and their claws when confronting an adversary.


Their tongues serve three purposes, each related to the grisly habit they are infamous for. After chewing Valerian root, Aswangs will use their tongues to pierce the navel of a pregnant woman and inject the chemical properties into the woman, tranquilizing her. From there the Aswang will use their tongues to suck the infant out of the womb, but not before sucking up a large amount of amniotic fluid. Under normal circumstances, there would be a high risk of the amniotic sack breaking, which would cause labor or a miscarriage. Since Aswangs do not have this problem, it would mean their tongues are fine and precise as surgical tools. Traditionally, the eldest son of a female Aswang must give up his first conceived child for his mother to consume in order to extend her lifespan. Without doing this act, she will die within a month. The tradition dates back hundreds of years, but some Aswang believe it is too barbaric for modern times.

Aswang frequently make ticking sounds with their tongues, hence their alternate name, Tik-tiks. Additionally, when they woge, their voices have a slightly more shrilled tone. They have a reputation for being terrifying, as other Wesen are afraid of them.

Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit

I arrived in the island of Philippines at Manila, May of 1904, after a long arduous voyage from... would get a room for the night in... staying since the town had been... night a pregnant woman was staying... the middle of the night. I heard her screams and charged into her room. Seeing something escape from her windows I gave chase and followed the figure through the winded and then out into the street when I saw it turn into an alley that I knew to be a dead end.

I snuck down the putrid alley, followed the fetid smell of death and blood. But it had been able to elude me and escaped. I returned to find the pregnant woman being tended to by a midwife who told me and my peon that somehow the fetus had been extracted straight from the womb.

After the midwife was able to quell the hemorrhaging, the young woman gained consciousness. She told me it was an Aswang that had caused the tragedy. She had been sold as a bride, to be impregnated so that her firstborn may be consumed as means for a prolonged, healthy life.

Aswangs use their long tongues to inject chewed up Valerian root to sedate their victims as they attack. These attacks are often incorrectly diagnosed as miscarriages, and for the process to work, the fetus must be a blood relative to the Aswang.

After speaking with other locals about the infanticide, it seems to be that Filipinos aren't scared of much, the talk of ghosts and spirits do not shake them, however it is only the Aswang that will make them tremble with fear.

I've also learned that Awang have an alternate name - Tik-tiks, due to the ticking sound they make with their tongue.

The next attack that occurred in the town happened a few houses down where I happened to be quaffing tankards, so I finally was able to track down the beast and cut off its head.

The Aswang tongue seems to be infinitely long with the ability to draw liquid through it.

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Season 3 Blu-ray Grimm Guide ProfileEdit

Originally of Philippine descent, an Aswang is a horrifying creature with sickly dark scales, lanky limbs, and a long, black tongue used to devour unborn fetuses for prolonged life. They are also known as "tik-tiks," for the ticking sound they make with their tongues.



Grimm - Creature Profile The Aswang (Digital Exclusive)

Grimm - Creature Profile The Aswang (Digital Exclusive)


  • Aswang is a generic term in the Tagalog language of the Philippines that refers to a demon, ghost, witch, or other monster. The aswang depicted in the legend told in "Mommy Dearest" is most like the manananggal, although instead of temporarily severing her body in half and sprouting wings to fly to the victim, Lani Tomas instead is a very adept climber. The name Tik-tik is also given to this creature, but the flapping of her wings is said to produce the sound.
  • Aswang in Filipino folklore do not attack their friends or relatives, preferring to prey on strangers.
  • Reggie Lee (Drew Wu), who is American-Filipino, suggested the Aswang, along with the Manananggal and the Duende, to the writers when they were looking for suggestions of Philippine mythical creatures.
Wesen in Grimm
Accipitrid Wesen Barbatus Ossifrage, Geier, Steinadler
Amphibian Wesen Folterseele
Bovine Wesen Fuilcré, Heftigauroch, Taureus-Armenta
Canine Wesen Anubis, Apgadnieks, Blutbad, Coyotl, Höllentier, Hundjäger, Inugami, Luison, Schakal, Wældreór, Wildesheer
Caprine Wesen Krampus, Seelengut, Ziegevolk
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Cetancodont Wesen Taweret
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Chelonian Wesen Genio Innocuo
Chimeric Wesen Manticore, Naiad, Wettbewerbsgewinner
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Falconid Wesen Uhranuti
Feline Wesen Klaustreich, Weten Ogen
Hexapod Wesen Ataktos Fuse, Gevatter Tod, Jinnamuru Xunte, Kackenkopf, Mellifer, Musasat Alsh-Shabab
Lagomorpha Wesen Willahara
Lepidosauromorphan Wesen Furis Rubian, Königschlange, Lausenschlange, Phansigar, Quijada Vil, Skalengeck, Varme Tyv, Wasser Zahne
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Mustelid Wesen Ungeziefer Greifer
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel, Hasenfussige Schnecke, Matança Zumbido, Unnamed Red Herring-like Wesen
Pantherine Wesen Balam, Löwen, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Perissodactyl Wesen Dickfellig, Nuckelavee
Primate Wesen Alpe, Aswang, Cupiditas, El Cucuy, El Cuegle, Excandesco, Fuchsteufelwild, Hässlich, Hexenbiest, Indole Gentile, Koschie, Musai, Siegbarste, Wendigo, Wildermann, Zerstörer
Pseudosuchian Wesen Gelumcaedus, Skalenzahne
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Mauzhertz, Reinigen, Riesen-Ratte, Stangebär
Sauropsidans Wesen Dämonfeuer
Spiralian Wesen Gedächtnis Esser, Huntha Lami Muuaji, Lebensauger
Strigiform Wesen Scharfblicke
Suinan Wesen Bauerschwein, Malin Fatal, Schinderdiv
Ursid Wesen Jägerbar
Vulpine Wesen Fuchsbau, Kitsune, Vulpesmyrca

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